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Ok gothic melodrama/thriller. While parts of it are predictable, there are enough variations from the formula to keep it quietly interesting.
I am torn on this one. It is hard to say if Travolta's performance as a man "on the spectrum" is inspired, unhinged, off-base, insulting, or respectful. (Keep in mind, Travolta's late son Jett was autistic, so presumably, this would have some influence on how he chose to portray this character.) His performance is not the "train wreck" some have made it out to be - but I'm not sure just what it is - though it is worth watching.
The story, though, is pretty garbage with odd lapses in logic and just poorly written, overall. This is not a good film.
Nicely done take on a time-travel-esque story that has been done before. There are a couple of points where it wanders into stupid territory (with some greviously injured characters stumbling around for far too long) but all-in-all, it has a good emotional core that makes up for it and makes it worth watching.
Really well-done tale of friendship that treats its characters with respect without holding them up on a pedestal or making them out to be saints. Good work by all involved.
Interesting but dated directorial debut by Jack Nicholson. The sexual politics would now be seen more as sexual assault - which takes away more than a little bit of the fun and "romance"
Fun and funky film from Leos Carax. Denis Lavant does a great job in multiple roles (or is it just one role?). Worth checking out.
Nicely done "alternative" vampire tale
Compelling drama/true crime flick. Great work by all of the cast, especially Steve Carell
Fun and smarter-than-it-should-be creature feature with a screenplay by none other than John Sayles.
Pretty gripping and gritty little kidnapping film from Mario Bava
Cute but emotionally flat coming of age/fantasy animated film from Korea. The animation has a nicely different style to it, but the story feels cold. One never gets much of a sense Mari as a character, to be honest. I wish this worked better than it did.
Pretty terrible and low-rent sci-fi film that feels like something from the 1950s not late 1960s. Racist. dumb, and not terribly exciting - plus el cheapo production values mean you should probably skip this one.
Intriguing premise and two great leads hampered and hamstrung by production values only slightly better than the original Star Trek series. This should have been so much better than it is.
Super-fun mystery/thriller with two fantastic leads. Go into this one blind.
I am really torn on this one. On one hand, it was a fascinating deconstruction of modern documentaries. On the other hand, it really did feel narcissistic and self-indulgent on the filmmaker's part (unless that was a subtle parody of other documentarians who make their films more about themselves than their ostensible subjects - The director's previous work has primarily been in comedy, after all). Either way, it did feel exploitative of Johnathan - first of his illness, then casting aspersions on his character, and then as an object of pity. All in all, the film left me a little queasy, but I still couldn't look away.
I would be interested to hear Johnathan's side of the story on this. One gets the feeling that he didn't like the way the documentary was progressing (leaning heavily on his ill health and drug use) and so took matters into his own hands.
Still, it is worth a watch. To be honest, while I am not a fan of the "Documentary Now" series - I would love to see their take on this one.
Neat thriller with a surprisingly sympathetic main character. It is an interesting exploration of addiction.
Fun, atmospheric Hammer creature feature. No big surprises, but really nicely done.
A lesser Hammer entry - though it is still worth watching if solely for Christopher Lee's performance in the title role
Pretty great dark, dark comedy about toxic masculinity and sticking up for yourself and others. The film manages the trick of having an extraordinarily dry sense of humor while still feeling like an absurdist tale. The actors nail the tone - delivering their lines with the straightest of faces. It is worth seeking out.
Fun but uneven scarefest. It will probably appeal more to fans of the books than non-fans. The biggest draw is seeing the creepy illustrations brought to life, and they do a fantastic job of that. Otherwise, the film as a whole feels a bit like the Jangly Man himself - scary but assembled oddly with not all of the pieces quite working together properly. But, when they do work together - they work really well. Some of the stories are well-integrated into the narrative (e.g. The Red Spot), while others feel oddly detached and inserted out of nowhere (e.g. The Big Toe). Overall, it is a fun and creepy film and should please its audience.